For a very long period of time, people were dependent on natural herbal remedies to assist them in the fight against hair loss. However, by the turn of the millennium, herbal hair loss remedies slowly began to lose its popularity. Although these remedies produce remarkable results overtime, the ultra modern urban lifestyle that people began to adopt did not permit them to take time off their busy schedule and prepare a few simple homemade herbal concoctions to prevent hair loss. In other words, people became more interested in the use of drugs and synthetic chemicals that promised a quick fix to the hair loss predicament.
The Apparent Inefficacy of Rogaine
When Rogaine broke into the scene around twenty years ago, it was believed that mankind had finally made a breakthrough in hair loss reversal and prevention. At that moment and in the years that followed, it seemed as though Rogaine was the ultimate solution to all kinds of problems associated with hair loss. Men and women who were on the brink of going bald finally saw light at the end of the tunnel and sincerely hoped for the day when the use of Rogaine would pay off and when they would have their beautiful locks of hair restored.
Unfortunately, as time passed on, it became quite clear that Rogaine was not as effective as it was advertised to be. In addition to that, people began to notice a number of different side effects which threw numerous question marks over the credibility and efficacy of this so called revolutionary hair loss product.
Rogaine and Health Problems
Most users of Rogaine will not make any overzealous complaints about its side effects. However, this does not change the fact that Rogaine has the potential to proverbially stir the pot and the compromise the health of the user. If you are lucky, an itchy scalp and skin irritation are the only two conditions that you will suffer from due to regular use of Rogaine. However, things can get a lot worse in a very short amount of time. It is not uncommon to read bitter reviews about Rogaine from users who have had very unpleasant experiences with this hair loss treatment. In fact, a lot of users of Rogaine who suffer from one or more medical conditions are likely to experience horrible side effects of Rogaine. Some of these side effects can actually lead to very serious health problems.
Unfavourable Scalp Conditions
The use of Rogaine can give rise to a series of unfavourable and adverse scalp conditions. This is quite ironic since the manufacturers of Rogaine have billed it as a medication that improves the overall health of the hair and the scalp. You are likely to suffer from irritation, redness, flaking and dryness when using Rogaine on a regular basis. In most cases, these side effects can be easily alleviated by applying a good anti-dandruff shampoo, especially the ones that are infused with essential oils and herbal ingredients.
The Rogaine Extra Strength (5%) in particular is known to cause a number of different problems in the scalp, including the side effects mentioned above. Therefore, if you are on Rogaine, you might want to rely more on the standard Rogaine (2%) which is known to be less of a menace when it comes to adverse scalp conditions.
Fluctuations in Blood Pressure
One of the most fundamental components of Rogaine is the drug called Minoxidil. Originally, this drug was prescribed to patients who suffered from high blood pressure. In other words, the drug was used to decrease blood pressure and keep it stabilized. This is done by relaxing the blood vessels to ease blood circulation. The impact of Minoxidil on the blood vessels or the blood pressure to be more precise is deemed as an unwanted side effect for many users of Rogaine.
The change in the blood pressure brought on by this prescription drug can result in chest pains, fainting, breathing complications, headaches and increased heartbeat. If any one or more of these conditions intensify while you are on Rogaine, you are strongly recommended to cease using the medication and get into contact with your physician.
Aggravated Hair Loss
This is a very strange side effect that no user of Rogaine would ever expect. The medication that is designed to prevent hair loss and reduce the risk of balding can actually lead to increased hair loss over time. This happens because of the impact that Rogaine has on the hair follicles. Your hair follicles are changed by Rogaine in an attempt to discard the weaker hair strands. The purpose of removing the weaker hair strands is to make way for the growth of new hair, which may or may not take place.
Some users and critics of Rogaine believe that the elimination of weaker hair is too big of a risk to take for men and women who already have bald spots and patches on their head. In the case that Rogaine fails to work, the users will be left with much less hair than what they had before they started using Rogaine. In other words, the temporary hair shedding might turn out to be a permanent hair loss for the users.